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Title KuK paper knife
Nationality Austrian
Period c 1915
Price £195.00

The hilt incorporates the arms of Hungary and various arms of Austria (introduced 7 November 1915), with the motto 'Indivisibiliter ac inseparabiliter'. On the back is 'Geschutzt' (= patented) Hirschler' and the blade is stamped 'Offizielle Kriegsfursorge' (official war fund) - ie it is an official piece for raising money for the war effort.

The paper knife is just short of 30 cm long and is cast in solid nickel silver. The casting is of magnificent quality and the background has a slightly frosted look. The highlights are polished. Its condition is excellent for its age, with some expected bruising here and there, particularly on the blade of the knife and on the base of the rock on which the coats of arms sit.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Ephemera : Cutlery : Austrian : 20th Century]

testimonials

The sword arrived safely and I am extremely pleased with the purchase.

B T, Canada, 05.12.2011

I received the silver Verdienstkreuz this morning. Your swiftness and dedication was very much appreciated and, though the envelope arrived with a Post Office sticker saying it had been found open or damaged, the cross was unharmed and looks beautiful. Thanks for your time.

E C, UK, 18.10.2005

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